Reading Peace for a Palestinian by Sahar Qumsiyeh left me feeling grateful for where I was born and raised. I was amazed by the experiences she has had in her lifetime. I can’t even imagine risking my life just to go to church, or how long in takes for her to get to church.
But despite all the struggles she had endure in her life, it did not stop her from having faith and keeping God’s commandments. It did not stop her from seeking peace despite how others may view her because of her nationality.
I highly recommend this book. I suggest that you take the time with this book and not just charge right through it. Soak it in. Ponder the feelings it stirs within you as you read. If you will do this, then you will see yourself doing all that you can to give peace to others and help uplift them. You will find yourself grateful for the simplest of things. You will see that your testimony in the gospel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints strengthen. You will find that Sahar Qumsiyeh is your new hero.
Sahar Qumsiyeh was born into a loving Christian family in Jerusalem and raised in Beit Sahour, near Bethlehem. Growing up in a country torn apart by political upheaval, Sahar struggled with feelings of hopelessness and anger as she watched her people being persecuted, tormented, and even killed.
As a young adult, Sahar received a scholarship to an American university. While there, she was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But staying true to her new faith was put to the test when Sahar returned home to Palestine
In Peace for a Palestinian, Sahar shares her experience desperately searching for peace and joy only to find that true peace lies not in external resolution but in following the Savior. As she explains, “We may live in a place with barriers, checkpoints, and restrictions, but we can feel liberated by His Atonement.” Whether your own obstacles are great or small, Sahar’s message will help you discover that the true source of peace and comfort is the same for all of us.